he International Court of Justice on Wednesday announced its ruling in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.
Ruling in India’s favour, the ICJ affirmed Jadhav’s right to consular access and notification, news agency ANI reported, citing Reema Omer, international legal advisor, South Asia.
The court has also directed Pakistan to provide effective review and reconsideration of his conviction and sentences, the agency added.
Sushma Swaraj, India’s former Indian minister of external affairs, called it a “great victory for India”.
“I thank the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for our initiative to take Jadhav’s case before International Court of Justice. I thank Mr. Harish Salve for presenting India’s case before ICJ very effectively and successfully. I hope the verdict will provide the much needed solace to the family members of Kulbhushan Jadhav,” she said in a series of tweets.
Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, a former Indian navy officer, was arrested in Pakistan‘s restive southwestern province of Balochistan in March 2016 on charges of espionage.
The 48-year-old was then sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in 2017, sparking outrage in India.
India insists that Jadhav was not a spy and says he was kidnapped in Pakistan. New Delhi is asking the ICJ to order Islamabad to annul the sentence.
India’s lawyers told the court in February that it was a “farcical case” based on “malicious propaganda”, while Pakistan‘s lawyers hit back by accusing Jadhav of “terrorism”.
The last hearing coincided with a sharp spike in tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours after a suicide bombing in restive Kashmir, although relations have since improved.
The ICJ was set up in 1946 to rule in disputes between countries.